Blocking Limewire/P2P apps Upload Only
Posted December 2, 2006on:
Is there a way I can block the likes of limewire uploading (without blocking d/l) at a network level preferably via a filter rule on the router or server s/w in a home network environment.
The problem I have is ppl on the network forget to close limewire and leave their machines on and of course this gobbles up all thebandwidth. I have successfully implemented a rule to block limewire altogether at the router but this does not go down to well with my users!
– Why not get a bandwidth/QoS control device (you can even build one witha linux box if you so desire) and limit the amount of upload bandwidth they can use? There are small programs that can be installed in linux firewalls, there are also dedicated devices to do this.. The options only depend on what you’re most comfortable with.
The nice thing about QoS controls is that you can say, other traffic
gets priority, but if there is no other traffic, limewire can use all
– My advice would simply be to go with the plan to ban P2P traffic. Your
user’s complaints can be ignored if there is not legitimate use that
provides value to your organisation. You users griping over the bar on P2P
file sharing is nothing compared to the headache of policing illegal
content and malware which is a constant part of P2P life.
If you allow it and it causes trouble would you want to be responsible?
– There are several packet classification projects out there that may help you –